Team HRC and Tim Gajser started off the 2019 MXGP world championships with a second overall at the picturesque Villa La Angostura track in Patagonia-Argentina. With a packed crowd showing their appreciation, Gajser led part of the second race as he looked on course for an overall victory. In the end, he had to settle for a pair of second place finishes, but it was an extremely impressive opening round for the Slovenian rider who has won at this track twice before.

Rounding the first turn outside the top five in moto one left Gajser with plenty to do, but he eventually settled into a rhythm and began to pick off riders one by one as the laps ticked off. With just five laps remaining he eventually made the pass on Romain Febvre for second and set about trying to track down Antonio Cairoli. Unfortunately time ran out before he could really mount a challenge and he crossed the line just over five seconds behind.

In the second race, Gajser was millimetres away from claiming the holeshot but he soon passed for the lead and set about trying to escape from the chasing pack. Unfortunately he couldn’t find his rhythm straight away and Febvre passed him early on. With Cairoli just behind, the three engaged in a great battle which eventually saw Cairoli move into the lead with Gajser close behind. The two quickly pulled away and although the #243 gave it everything he had, he missed out on the overall victory by under three seconds. It was still a podium performance though and one that sets him up nicely for round two in a few weeks’ time.

It was also a solid first round for fellow Team HRC rider Brian Bogers, who is easing himself back into this competitive MXGP class, after missing almost the entire 2018 season with injury. Bogers is hoping to get up to race pace as quickly as possible and felt that today was positive step towards that goal as he achieved two top 20 finishes.

With the next round of the series being at Matterley Basin, on March 23/24, Bogers has a couple of weeks now to build upon this solid showing and prepare himself for England and for what is another one of the best tracks in the calendar.

Tim Gajser 243

I’m really happy to start the season strongly with a podium, and to feel really good on the track. In the first race I didn’t get the best of starts and it took me a couple of laps to find a good rhythm and to find the nice lines but once I did that, I passed a lot of the guys in front of me and finished in second. That was a great way to start the season off. Then in second moto, it was even better as I almost took the holeshot and I led for a lap but I was riding tight and not enjoying my riding so Romain (Febvre) and Toni (Cairoli) passed me. After this, I found my rhythm and found the flow around the track and was able to move into second and just start enjoying riding again. Two second places is a good start to the season and I’m really looking forward to the next races. A big thanks to the whole team around me, who help me out and put together this amazing CRF450RW.

Brian Bogers 189

I felt pretty good today and it was better than yesterday so that was positive. I feel like I need a lot more of the race rhythm after being out for such a really long time. However I think I will get it back quickly and already the second moto was better than the first, even though I was 17th compared with 16th. The goal was the top 15 for this weekend and I think it was close to that with two solid motos with nothing strange happening, so I’m pretty happy with this weekend and it’s nice to know where I am now and where I need improve from here.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager - MXGP

A very positive day for both Tim and Brian. It was great to see Tim lead the qualifying race and part of the second moto today, and to just see him riding to his true potential. Already he showed that the Honda CRF450RW is very fast out of the gate and has the speed to lead the best riders in the world, and to leave here in the championship hunt is exactly what we hoped after the first round. And for Brian, it was good to see him ride well for two complete races and just to see him battling for positions in this MXGP class. He now knows what he needs to work on and I expect him to improve every round, as he gets more and more experience racing the 450cc machine.

MXGP 2019
Race Round 1   Argentina

Race 1

Cloudy
Air Temp
15°C
Track Cond
Loam
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Cairoli Antonio 222 ITA 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 34:41.270
2 Gajser Tim 243 SLO 22 Team HRC - MXGP Honda 6.253
3 Febvre Romain 461 FRA 20 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 9.838
4 Desalle Clement 25 BEL 18 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki 11.464
5 Paulin Gautier 21 FRA 16 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha 14.030
6 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL 15 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda 32.226
7 Lieber Julien 33 BEL 14 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki 39.435
8 Jasikonis Arminas 27 LTU 13 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna 49.752
9 Jonass Pauls 41 LAT 12 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna 50.285
10 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI 11 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 59.164
11 Simpson Shaun 24 GBR 10 RFX KTM Racing KTM 1:00.619
12 Lupino Alessandro 77 ITA 9 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki 1:03.350
13 Searle Tommy 100 GBR 8 Bike It DRT Kawasaki Kawasaki 1:07.067
14 Tixier Jordi 911 FRA 7 Team VHR KTM Racing KTM 1:19.027
15 Monticelli Ivo 128 ITA 6 iFly JK Racing Yamaha 1:29.965
16 Bogers Brian 189 NDL 5 Team HRC - MXGP Honda 1:32.387
17 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL 4 Standing Construct KTM KTM 1:33.684
18 Poli Joaquin 179 ARG 3 Wildcard Rider Honda 1 Lap
19 Butron Jose 17 SPA 2 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM 1 Lap
20 Salazar Jetro 220 ECU 1 Wildcard Rider Honda 1 Lap
MXGP 2019
Race Round 1   Argentina

Race 2

Cloudy
Air Temp
12°C
Track Cond
Loam
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Cairoli Antonio 222 ITA 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 34:56.475
2 Gajser Tim 243 SLO 22 Team HRC - MXGP Honda 02.386
3 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL 20 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda 37.829
4 Anstie Max 99 GBR 18 Standing Construct KTM KTM 42.332
5 Paulin Gautier 21 FRA 16 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha 43.070
6 Desalle Clement 25 BEL 15 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki 47.509
7 Searle Tommy 100 GBR 14 Bike It DRT Kawasaki Kawasaki 49.602
8 Jasikonis Arminas 27 LTU 13 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna 58.810
9 Simpson Shaun 24 GBR 12 RFX KTM Racing KTM 1:01.941
10 Tonus Arnaud 4 SWI 11 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha 1:03.513
11 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI 10 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 1:06.816
12 Jonass Pauls 41 LAT 9 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna 1:10.204
13 Lupino Alessandro 77 ITA 8 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki 1:12.688
14 Lieber Julien 33 BEL 7 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki 1:19.272
15 Tixier Jordi 911 FRA 6 Team VHR KTM Racing KTM 1:30.001
16 Monticelli Ivo 128 ITA 5 iFly JK Racing Yamaha 1:37.593
17 Bogers Brian 189 NDL 4 Team HRC - MXGP Honda 1:39.530
18 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL 3 Standing Construct KTM KTM 1 Lap
19 Butron Jose 17 SPA 2 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM 1 Lap
20 Luzzardi Juan Pablo 171 ARG 1 Wildcard Rider KTM 1 Lap
Location Information

Neuquen, Argentina - View in Google Maps